Over the past two years, more than a million migrants have fled fighting and poverty across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, many entrusting their lives to people smugglers who charge exorbitant prices to help them reach Europe. "The Smuggling Game” revealed the mechanics of the perilous journey undertaken by those on the quest for a safe life and those who profit from it.
How do migrants find smugglers, and do they trust them? Do smugglers feel remorse for putting lives at risk? How is social media used in people smuggling?
Trapped between tough refugee policies and opportunistic people smugglers, how do migrants endure the emotional and financial cost of seeking safety in Europe?
As the European Union tightens its borders, the reporters behind “The Smuggling Game” travelled to Serbia to reveal the mechanics of the perilous journey undertaken by those on the quest for a safe life and those who profit from it.
The story of The Smuggling Game is told via an interactive graphic package, which you can find here.